“You are watching with pride…” went the US Air Force announcer’s voice as the F-15C tore the air apart over the heads of bewildered spectators. They may have been bewildered because this show was at RIAT in England, so I’m not sure how many were actually American, but it didn’t matter, they were bewildered too at this precise and piercing demonstration.
As that Eagle driver bent that piece of American iron all around the skies, with Aerosmith playing in the background, it was enough to make you all gooey and patriotic inside, even for a country you may not be from. I remember chatting afterward to the pilot who was from Oregon. The jet he was flying came from Florida, and his crew were mostly from Nevada. He was telling me how England reminded him of home. This country, is an enormous place, as varied as its people, and so full of incredible scenery it would take a lifetime to see.
Coming off the heels of a right good show from the US Soccer team in Brasil, and July 4th cresting the end of the week, I think it’s fair to say the entire country is feeling just a little more red, white, and blue, which makes the following time-lapse, just that much more appropriate. Shot by photographer Joel Schat, part of Roadtrippers, it’s the product of a prodigious amount of travel, managed by equal parts skill, patience, and wanderlust.
Shot with a myriad of Canon gear and other photographic instruments of witchery (gear list below) in order to artistically capture it all in striking 4K, what Schat ends up with is a tapestry woven of American geographical fabric. From deciduous forests to salt plains, it’s here. It may give a greater, or at least refreshed, appreciation for this country.
Do yourself a favor and check out Joel’s site for a trove of great content, and here is a sort of precursor/bts video of the filming of the time-lapse you’ve just watched.